Shangri-La International Hotel Management has announced launched the first property of its new luxury hotel brand; Kerry Hotels. The 574-room Kerry Hotel Pudong, Shanghai opened on Friday in the new Kerry Parkside complex.
“Kerry Hotels will appeal to the business traveller who prefers a vibrant and relaxed environment without compromising on service or quality,” explained Greg Dogan, president and chief executive officer of Shangri-La International Hotel Management Ltd. “The hotels are contemporary in style and provide a seamless link between business, entertainment and recreation. Extensive leisure facilities are designed to become a social activity hub for both hotel guests and the local community,” he added.
Rising 31 storeys over the Kerry Parkside complex, Kerry Hotel Pudong, Shanghai offers 574 rooms and suites, ranging in size from 42 to 168 square metres, with views of Century Park or the city. All rooms come with custom-designed in-room consoles with high stools and build-in minibars, 40-inch flat-screen TV, iPod docking stations and complimentary broadband and wireless Internet access. Sliding wall panels partition the guestrooms, leading to separate bath and shower facilities.
Seven floors are reserved for Club accommodation, including 33 suites. Guests in these rooms can benefit from round-the-clock butler and Club concierge services, such as restaurant and sightseeing tour reservations, and access to the 670-square metre Club Lounge. All suites have a separate living room, DVD players and Nespresso coffee machines, as well as complimentary daily breakfasts and evening cocktails.
Kerry Hotel Pudong, Shanghai will also introduce a new dining and entertainment concept – an integrated three-in-one designer showcase developed by boutique design consultancy Stickman Tribe, called ‘The COOK, The MEET and The BREW’.
The COOK is the main a la carte restaurant with 11 live show kitchens and a delicatessen with seating for 365 people, including an outdoor patio. Guests can select from a range of cuisines including Chinese wok and steam baskets, an Asian noodle station and the Japanese sushi, sashimi and yakitori kitchen. Also on offer are a deli and butchers’ block, an Asian barbecue station, a coffee counter and beverage bar, a patisserie, and a wine cellar and cheese vault.
The BREW is a craft brewery with its own signature beers and pub-style dishes and live music entertainment. Guests can watch live music entertainment or sportss broadcasts, or relax on the outdoor terrace. The BREW’s interiors revolve around the “flying brewery,” three-storey stainless steel vats used for brewing and storing its signature brews.
Diners at The MEET, a contemporary steakhouse and grill opening in April 2011, are greeted by a theatrically lit “Ageing Room” window dominating the restaurant entrance. The outlet promises the “largest variety of steak and beef available in Shanghai” presided over by the restaurant’s house butcher, who assists guests in selecting their cuts of meat. While waiting, guests can relax with a drink on pony hair and leather armchairs near a fireplace
Rounding out the hotel’s dining and entertainment options are The COOK Lounge, which serves refreshments and premium teas by day and speciality cocktails at night, and Blossoms, a collection of private dining rooms, specialising in authentic Cantonese cuisine.
The hotel houses the city’s largest hotel-based sports club with Kerry Sports, spanning 6,000 square metres over three floors. The facilities include a 24-hour gymnasium with studios for aerobics, spinning, Pilates and yoga (including hot yoga), a 25-metre heated indoor swimming pool, an outdoor basketball court and tennis court and an outdoor roof garden with a jogging track. The 700-square-metre Adventure Zone, an indoor children’s fantasy playground, features a two-storey high fun slide, and three party rooms. Scheduled to open in April 2011 is a 275-square-metre day spa with nine treatment suites.
“We are all about creating memorable experiences, enabling our guests in seeking enjoyment and a balanced lifestyle,” said George Wee, the hotel’s General Manager. “Our facilities, our surrounding community and our engaging, individualised service from vibrant, spirited colleagues make it effortless for guests to combine work with leisure, to travel and yet not leave the rest of one’s life and all its pleasures and comforts behind.”
Kerry Hotel Pudong, Shanghai also has largest portfolio of hotel meeting and banqueting facilities in the city, with more than 7,300 square metres of space. Located on the hotel’s third floor are two ballrooms, the 2,230-square-metre Grand Shanghai Ballroom and the 1,018-square-metre Pudong Ballroom, which can be interconnected. In addition, the hotel features 26 function rooms, most with natural daylight. The Balcony Garden on level three offers an outdoor alternative. The hotel also offers the Business Centre and Office Suites, with 16 fully furnished service offices and four meeting rooms.
The Kerry Parkside complex also has its own underground subway station.
Following the launch of the new brand in Shanghai, the second Kerry Hotel will be based in Beijing and is the conversion of Shangri-La’s Kerry Centre Hotel, which is currently undergoing a multimillion-dollar renovation and upgrade that includes all public facilities, restaurants and guestrooms. It is scheduled to be completed by early 2012.